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Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating

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The New York Times best-selling “romance It Girls” (Kirkus) bring you a hilarious, sexy romance about love perpetually unrequited (and denied), in the vein of their Roomies and Beautiful Bastard.

Foul-mouthed, quirky, sharp-as-a-whip Hazel never thought she would win the heart of her gorgeous college TA, Josh. And, in fact, she didn’t. But what a difference 10 years can make. Well...10 years, and a lot of legwork.

©2018 Christina Lauren (P)2018 Simon & Schuster

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Narrator almost wrecks it

It was a sweet enough read. A little slow to begin with but picks up about 1/3 way in. The male narrator almost made me stop listening. His female voice changed the character from quirky to whiney. Whilst I would read Christina Lauren again, I will avoid this male narrator like the plague. The female did a great job.

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Good Story, annoying narration

An enjoyable story, with great characters but the male narration as a female voice was almost unbearable. Very nasally, high pitched and childish, I longed for the female narrators turn every time.

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Love these Authors but narration spoilt this.

This story is promosing but I only got to Chapter 9. I just couldn't listen any more to the male narration of Hazel. He made her sound like a Muppet or Cartoon child character. Too annoying for me, esp in a romance. He was speaking at warp speed and that annoyed me too. Was loving Hazel's different voices. May read this one instead.

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So cute!

The only thing I couldn’t handle was the way the male narrator read female voices, it was really juvenile which took away from the intensity of Hazel’s character

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great story

I loved reading Josh and Hazel's Guide to Not Dating, so really wanted to give it a go with the Audible version. Glad that I did - the narrators did a great job. I smiled and laughed my way through all of it.

As for the story itself - I love Hazel, LOVE HER! She was so much fun - completely unfiltered and super quirky. Josh was her complete opposite, yet they made such a great couple. Or non-couple, because of course they are busy dating other people rather than each other on their double dates.

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  • Miss L E Turvey
  • 06-08-2019

Listenable if predictable

Sweet story, and the female narrator is very good. The male narrator does a hideous female voice, really distracting. It's predictable as hell, but if you want an easy listen - this delivers.

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  • Martha
  • 12-07-2019

Not your typical "quirky girl"

Josh is a physiotherapist, is in control of his emotions, has a great body and seems to have his life organised. He's basically Hazel's blueprint for perfect. Ever since their paths first crossed during college, further interaction has ended with Hazel embarrassing herself.

Hazel is clumsy and blurts out whatever she is thinking, a self-confessed "hot mess". Yet Hazel is not your average "quirky girl". Yes, she's quirky, but it's dealt with in a realistic way. Far too often she has been in relationships with men who initially love her wild side, but then they expect her to settle down, to become a "proper" girlfriend and when she doesn't... they leave her.

Throughout the story Hazel had a wonderful sense of self-confidence. She was happy with herself and knew she would never change for another person. Though she still has her vulnerabilities: she knows that she would never work with Josh, that they're not compatible and she can't stand the thought of him eventually thinking her an embarrassment.

Dating is therefore not in the plan. Best friends is a better option. They even go on double dates together, each one respectively attempting to set up the other. Yet on these dates it seems that Josh and Hazel enjoy their time together more than with their dates...

At first, I admit I didn't warm to the characters. I found Hazel annoying and Josh cold. Yet they grew on me and together they were even more lovable.

The parental relationships were also a nice touch. Hazel and her mother's relationship was heart-warming; they connected like best friends. Josh is from a traditional Korean family who are always there for each other. Josh's sister (and Hazel's best friend) Emily and her husband Dave were also sweet. Everyone around Josh and Hazel vocally matched the readers thoughts: isn't it obvious they're perfect together??

There were some pacing issues. Josh and Hazel meet at a BBQ and suddenly they are BFFs with seemingly little interaction in between. The will-they won't-they got dragged out so much and toward the end I felt like screaming 'JUST COMMUNICATE'. And then the ending twist... it was too much for me and seemed too pandering.

Yet this was still a sweet read and the relationship between Hazel and Josh made my heart happy.

As for the narration, I enjoyed the female narrator but the male narrator's voice for Hazel was very squeaky and quickly grew annoying!

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  • Book addict
  • 13-11-2018

Great book

I’d been cautious getting another book by this author because the last one I read, Roomies, was dreadful. Fortunately I gave this one a whirl and it’s back up to the great standard I expect and more like her earlier books. The characters in this book had great chemistry, and although the lack of communication was a little frustrating it didn’t put me off, and there wouldn’t be much of a story without that element. It certainly made me feel warm and squishy inside and was entertaining too. Jayme Mattler was good but I’ve heard other narrators that would be better suited to such a quirky female character and I think they missed a trick there. There’s a few narrators from Penny Reid’s Knitting in the City series that would have been fantastic. By the way, if you’ve not tried Penny’s books before, you really should.

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  • Joske
  • 05-09-2018

so good

I loved this book so much! finished it in less than a day! I would definitely recommend it!